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Monthly Archives: November 2013

High school students express academic needs to Community Cabinet

graduation capColton, Grand Terrace and Bloomington community members today asked a group of high school students how parents, businesses, non-profit organizations and local government could best support the academic and career success of every student. The dialogue occurred at the monthly meeting of the Colton Joint Unified School District’s Community Cabinet.

Colton Joint and San Bernardino City unified school districts are piloting the first Community Cabinets for the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools’ Alliance for Education, which seeks to foster partnerships amongst all community sectors to support the education system.

The high school students advocated for adult and peer mentors, college and career resources and counseling, and job internship programs. And, despite the economy’s negative impact on local job opportunities, the students remained optimistic about their future.

One of the students thanked the community members in attendance by saying he knew his parents and teachers cared about him, but he didn’t know until this meeting of the Community Cabinet that his community cared about him as well.

In December, the Colton Community Cabinet will meet to potentially adjust proposed community priorities for supporting the success of every child from cradle to career based upon the input provided by teachers and principals in October and students in November.

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Collaboration highlights Community Vital Signs Summit

Education, economy and access to healthcare hold the key to a healthier future for the County of San Bernardino, according to a report from Community Vital Signs released at its “Live Well, Age Well” Summit at the National Orange Show in San Bernardino on Thursday, November 14, 2013.

More than 200 community leaders attended the summit where community feedback and priorities established from Community Vital Signs’ 23 community engagement meetings during July and August were unveiled. Attendees were given copies of “San Bernardino County: Our Community Vital Signs,” a report based on the community meetings. The report, expected to generate a framework for sustainable health improvement in communities, will be available online at and will be available in County of San Bernardino libraries.

Summit attendees heard from keynote speakers, John Husing, Chief Economist of the Inland Empire Economic Partnership and June Simmons, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Partners in Care Foundation.

community-vital-signsThroughout the summer, more than 1,000  leaders from business, education, public safety, health and human services, faith and community organizations, transportation and planning came together to make plans for improving health and wellness in the community. County Chief Executive Officer, Gregory Devereaux, and each of the County’s Board of Supervisors participated in the various meetings.

Meeting attendees received a list of indicators and were asked to choose indicators that the Community Vital Signs Steering Committee should prioritize as community goals over the next three to five years. According to the report, the seven indicators that rose to the top included: education, economy, access to health care, nutrition/access to healthy foods, mental health, community safety, and safety at school.

“San Bernardino County: Our Community Vital Signs, will impact the future of this County with regard to decisions, policies, systems-change and strategies that will better meet the healthy needs of residents of San Bernardino County,” said Maxwell Ohikhuare, MD, Health Officer, County of San Bernardino. “Community Vital Signs meetings has set the stage for action-driven priorities and measurable results. It is our hope the report will be used to pave the way for a healthier County.”

The Community Vital Signs initiative addresses the Wellness Element of the Countywide Vision. It is a community health improvement framework developed through the collaborative efforts of county residents, community organizations, and government agencies. It sets evidence-based goals and priorities that align and leverage our resources to improve the overall health and well-being of the county’s residents.

View this special video message from Board of Supervisors Chair Janice Rutherford about Community Vital Signs Initiative.

Water element group discusses conservation, planning with city and town managers

Waterway_High Desert_2The Countywide Vision’s Water Element Group met with city and town managers today to discuss working with city and towns to incorporate the sustainability of our water supply into planning for future population and economic growth.

Kirby Brill, General Manager of Mojave Water Agency, and Bob Tincher, Manager of Engineering and Planning for the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District described how they believe a partnership between water agencies and the County and cities and towns will help ensure we can reach the level of prosperity we envision for our county.

It is expected the County’s water needs for residents and businesses can be met through 2035, but only if water users step up conservation efforts and the whole community is willing to invest in projects that will store and protect additional water supplies.


Live Well, Age Well Summit panel to discuss community health

Moving Health from the Clinic to Community is the latest panel added to the Age Well, Live Well Summit being held Nov. 14 at the National Orange Show Events Center in San Bernardino. Panelists include Kathy Estes, coordinator of coordinated school health programs at San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. G. Richard Olds, vice chancellor of health affairs and dean at the University of California-Riverside School of Medicine, Dr. Tomás D. Morales, president of California State University – San Bernardino, Dr. Katherine E. Watkins, senior natural scientist for the RAND Corporation and Dr. Dora Barilla, assistant vice president strategy and innovation and associate director of the Institute for Health Policy and Leadership and the Institute for Community Partnerships at Loma Linda University Health. To register for the event, visit

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Panelists for Live Well, Age Well Summit announced

Are you interested in the economics of good health? Come hear the County’s renowned business experts speak on this issue at the Live Well, Age Well Summit on Nov. 14. Panelists include Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey, Michael Gallo, President and CEO of Kelly Space and Technology, Inland Empire Economic Partnership Chief Economist Dr. John Husing, and Rancho Cucamonga Mayor L. Dennis Michael. The panel will be moderated by Board of Supervisors Chair Janice Rutherford. Don’t miss it! Register here:
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